Women Engineering Graduates


  • Click here to meet our Industry Advisory Board members: our partners in industry who support women in engineering and technology
  • Check out the Fall SWE Newsletter to see what SWE has been up to this year
  • Did you miss us at Open House? Not to worry, the Women in Engineering Panel Discussion is available to watch for a limited time.  Please click here to view the panel. Microsoft Silverlight must be installed for viewing in a browser, or you can watch on your mobile device.
  • Congratulations to 2018's Outstanding Woman in Engineering award recipients! The winners were Naomi Hennefeld (Environmental Engineering), Rebecca Kandell (Biomedical Engineering), Cate Kraska (Civil Engineering), Alaina Standish (Aerospace Engineering), and Amy Tsai (Computer Science). Click here to learn more about 2018's Outstanding Women in Engineering.
  • Cal Poly SWE received first place in the 2014-2015 Team Tech competition sponsored by Boeing. The title and $5000 prize were announced at SWE's National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  During the conference, Cal Poly SWE received the Outstanding Collegiate Section Gold Award (for the fifth year in a row!) and the Boeing Multicultural Award. Two Cal Poly SWE alumnae were also honored for their various contributions to engineering.  
  • Check out some Cal Poly senior projects that rose up to the challenge. 

Did you know?

+ Engineers make a difference!

780 million people lack access to clean water; approximately 1 in 9 people. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness. Lack of sanitation is the world's leading cause of infection.


In December 2015, Cal Poly's Engineers without Borders sent 17 engineering students abroad to work on several ongoing projects in India, Thailand, Nicaragua, and Malawi.  EWB's Thailand team spent three weeks in Thailand performing water quality testing on previously implemented filters and assessing for an energy project. 

From left: Kimberly Pugel (ENVE), Michallynn Hoffman (IE), Stefania Beauchamp (SE), Abigail Nial (MATE) showing the water quality trays from the team's previously implemented slow sand filters. The yellow trays are positive for fecal coliforms before the filters and the clear trays are clean from after the filters. 

Students taking drinking water samples with some of the kids from the community of Maejantai.

Stefania Beauchamp double checking field notes with one of the boys from Maejantai

 Visit EWBThailand's travel blog to see more of what the team has been up to!

Cal Poly Students Create Beach Walker for Local Special Olympic Athlete: These college seniors designed and built a beach walker for an 8 year old athlete with cerebral palsy.  

Engineering World Health: "EWH finds innovative solutions to overcome technical challenges impacting health care in developing countries."

+ Many companies recruit from Cal Poly.

Median starting salary: $68,000

Highest starting salary: $125,000

In 2015, 91% of graduates were employed or went to grad school.

-Graduate Status Report

DisneyImagineer That! "Join the talented team that develops and delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world."

+ You CAN change your major.

Almost 90% of CP students didn’t decide to be an engineer until High School.

"Over 30% of our students change majors [successfully.]” –Removing Hurdles Towards Progress to Degree: Curricular, Poly, and Technical Challenges

Learn more about the engineering disciplines here! 


Contact Information

Program Director

Helene Finger


Student Assistant

Jessica Wirth


WEP Office

Building 13, Room 216

Cal Poly State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

(805) 756-2350

SWE Office

Building 197, Room 212

Cal Poly State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

(805) 756-2417